State Committee Delays Northern Pass Decision Until 2018

SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader
AUTHOR: Michael Cousineau

A state committee won’t make any decision on the proposed Northern Pass project until 2018, drawing rebukes from a state business group and a labor union.

The Site Evaluation Committee voted 6-0 Thursday to push back its Sept. 30 deadline for making a decision on the project. It now is targeting making a decision orally by Feb. 28, with a written decision by March 31.

The proposed $1.6 billion project, which runs through more than 30 communities, needs several state and federal approvals before it can start operating by late 2020. The route runs from Pittsburg to Deerfield and includes 60 miles of buried lines.

“Nobody wants this to go on forever, but due process and the size of the project and the relative incompleteness of the Northern Pass information so far is extending it,” said project critic Jack Savage, vice president of communications/outreach for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Northern Pass officials had hoped to garner all necessary approvals by the end of this year. Northern Pass recently pushed its in-service date to late 2020, partly due to a longer than expected hearings process.

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Hydro-Quebec Cannot Rewrite History

SOURCE: Concord Monitor
AUTHOR: Rene Simon, Chief of the Pessamit Innu First Nation

…With only one exception, all hydroelectric facilities have been built without impact assessment studies, without Pessamit’s consent, without compensation, and in violation with the Canadian Constitution and Pessamit’s fundamental human rights.

Consequently, 29 percent of the electricity that Hydro-Quebec endeavors to sell in New England, such as Northern Pass and other proposals, still originates from Pessamit territory and therefore is owned by Pessamit.

Hiding the facts is no longer possible.

It is our firm intention to denounce Hydro-Quebec’s disinformation machine throughout New England. In this regard, Pessamit gives its unconditional support to the New Hampshire citizens in search of true answers concerning the ethical and environmental aspects of Hydro-Quebec’s so-called “clean energy.”

Further, the Pessamit firmly stands against Hydro-Quebec’s manipulation of history for profit and to otherwise make them feel better about their company profile.

Economic imperatives do not allow Hydro-Quebec to rewrite history in its favor, nor to present itself as a “good” corporate model in its relations with First Nations.

The inescapable conclusion is that Hydro-Quebec has ravaged the Pessamit social harmony and rendered it destitute. We reiterate the fact that the forced migration of the entire First Nation, the Pessamiuilnut, is a defining act of a cultural genocide.

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PUC Rejects Eversource Plan for 20-Year Agreement with Hydro-Quebec

SOURCE: InDepthNH
AUTHOR: Nancy West

The state Public Utilities Commission has dismissed Eversource’s petition for a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro Renewable Energy saying it would violate state law.

The proposed Agreement would have allowed Eversource to buy 100 megawatts of electricity from Hydro-Quebec, then resell it to the wholesale energy market and include the net costs or benefits of its purchases and sales in its electric distribution rates.

The plan was supposed to benefit New Hampshire by making sure 100 megawatts, or 10 percent of Northern Pass’ total 1,090 megawatts of electricity, stayed in the state.

Northern Pass spokesman Martin Murray said such a Power Purchase Agreement, known as a PPA, is not required as part of Northern Pass’ permitting process that is pending before the state Site Evaluation Committee.

And the PUC’s ruling is either no big deal or a “serious setback” for Northern Pass depending on whether it is Murray or an opponent of the project as it stands explaining Monday’s order.

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